SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 31, 2017

31 12 2017

Saturday, Dec. 30 Christmation of Lynne Wescott
4:00 PM ✞Memorial for Arlene Jones – Ann Beshada

Sunday, Dec. 31 SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Monday, Jan. 1 THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD
9:00 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Myrovania

Saturday, Jan. 6 THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD – DAY OF OBLIGATION
9:00 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Blessing of Water Myrovania
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Mary Ann Kachinko & Family
Sunday, Jan. 7 SUNDAY AFTER THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

FEAST OF ST. BASIL THE GREAT

On the first of January, the beginning of the civil year, our Church celebrates the memory of the death of one of the greatest and most outstanding Fathers of the Church and doctors of the faith and of monastic legislators – St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea, Cappodocia, of Asia Minor. His person is in every respect extraordinary, noble, illustrious and worthy of praise. He was not only an aristocrat by birth, but also an aristocrat in spirit, character, learning and holiness. The mark of his deep faith, heroic love of God and neighbor, learning and holiness is stamped on the entire Church of Christ, on the monastic life in the East and on our people.

The holy Church justifiably gave him the title “the Great”. He is truly “Great” especially in three areas of his life; as a great archbishop of the Church, as a great legislator of monastic life, and as a man of great holiness.

His holiness, virtues and greatness are extolled by our Church in her services in honor of his feast. Here he is praised as “the holy tongue of Christ”, “the shepherd of Christ’s Church”, “the divine and holy bee of Christ’s Church”, “royal ornament of the Church”, “a rich treasure of learning”, and “invincible defender of the Trinity”. Addressing him, the liturgy proclaims, “You walked the rough road of the virtues”, “your word is angelic bread”, “you are a chalice of innocence”, “for monks a model of virtue”, “a light of piety”, and a “trumpet of theology”.

Immediately after Basil’s death, Holy Church began to venerate him as a Saint and to celebrate the day of death on the first of January. Because the feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord is celebrated on January 1, the Latin Church honors his memory on the 14th of June, on which day he was consecrated bishop in the year 370. The church service in honor of St. Basil was composed by Anatolus of Constantinople (5c), St. John Damascene and Germanus of Constantinople (8c).

Briefly outlined are a silhouette of the immortal figure of St. Basil the Great and his everlasting significance for our Church and Ukrainian monasticism. With the words of St. Paul, “Brethren, be imitators of me as I am of Christ”. St. Basil summons us all also to imitate his deep faith, his sacrificial and all embracing love of God and neighbor, and his great holiness.

On New Year’s Day
 and the whole year through, 

May the kindness
you’ve given to others
return many times to you.

May hope, love, and warmth
be in your heart’s possessing,
and may the New Year
bring you and yours 
many blessings.

HAPPY


May we live in a world at peace and with the awareness of God’s love in every sunset, every flower’s unfolding petals,
every baby’s smile, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our hearts

SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
DECEMBER 31, 2017

Christ is Born – Khrystos Razhdayetsia
Glorify Him – Slavyte Yeho

May God bless you and keep you always safe and happy: and blessings not only for today but for the rest of life ahead. May the year 2018 come as the best among the best you have ever imagined for you.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec.30 –Jan. 6 by John & Claudia Bosack in memory of Peter Bosack.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn in the month of January for all services in memory of Anna Bosack requested by John & Claudia Bosack.

BUILDING FUND: Many thanks for the contributions of $530, made to our Parish Building Fund in memory of Ronald Kachinko- Charles & Catherine Halloway, Ed & Lela Emmett, Joseph Pirillo, Mrl & Mrs. Robbie Kachik & Family, Michael & Louise Hubiack, Anna Magill, Sony Dempsey, Ann Beshada, Dave & Mary Ann Youells, John & Michaelene Ostrum, Donna & Nelson Warren, Mary Ann Kachinko, Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Kosek.

In Memory of Arlene Jones – $120 – by Albert Piston, John Malone, Rosemarie Kachinko.

THANKS: Through the year, many of the parishioners have volunteered for various projects. The services that you so willingly provide is greatly appreciated
Thanks to all for all you do. May God grant you a wonderful and blessed year 2018.

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